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Hand to Toe Happiness: Summer Nails

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You’ll be happy to hear that there are three popular nail trends to rock this summer, so there will be absolutely no excuse for unkempt nails this season. For the eclectic or the trendsetter, there is nail art. This is a very popular option in celeb land at the moment, with the likes of Jessie J and Rihanna wearing some rather bold designs! There is no need to run to the nail salon however, as there are plenty of looks to create in the comfort of your own home – and on any budget!

Nail Rock Designer Nail Wraps have a huge selection of prints and styles to choose from. The great thing about nail wraps is the fact that you simply slick it on over clean nails and there you go, gorgeously chic nails that will last anything up to a week! The wraps sport an adhesive side with real staying power – particularly when finished with a hardwearing topcoat. At £6.65 for each design, these beauties are sure to be a favourite in your nail collections. The trick with applying wraps is to buff the nail first and shape as desired, then simply stick the wrap in place – if it’s not quite right, you can quickly peal and reapply!

Looking for something a little more glamorous? Why not try a Ciate Caviar Manicure. This manicure has taken the beauty world by storm as the first three-dimensional nail kit of its kind. The beaded manicure leaves nails looking elegant and yet steps ahead of the fashion pack. At £18 per kit, this DIY glam manicure has been a hit so far. The application takes a little more patience than Nail Rocks nail wraps, however when the desired effect is achieved there is no denying that it is most definitely worth it! The manicure comes in three sets, Mother of a pearl, a beautiful feminine delicate white/pearlescent shade, Black Pearls, a fun take on the rock chic nail and Rainbow, a colourful and fun alternative to block colour.

If you’re a fan of bold colour, then opt for summer’s brightest trends. Think bold statement neon nails, the brighter the better!  Deborah Lippman has a great collection of neon shades that range from tangy oranges to zesty yellows. The demi-matte neon collection ‘Run the World’ captures the fun that we ladies can have with our nails. Showcasing neon’s and the matte finish catapults nails into summer 2012. You can purchase the five-piece collection for around £30 – evaluate your cost-per-wear and you’ll soon realise you’re in for a winner!

Nars and Essie are also hailing the neon trend, so you won’t have to look too far to get your perfect polish fix. Darker skinned beauties really have the luxury of being able to rock most shades, Nars Koliary (Cyan Blue) is particularly striking against darker skin tones. A pale beauty? Try Essie’s “Orange, It’s Obvious!” polish for an eye-catching manicure. Invest in a quality topcoat, like Nails Inc. Albert Bridge Fast Dry Topcoat to ensure a budge-proof finish.

Do not fear ladies, another of summer’s key nail trends is, wait for it, the nude nail. Thank a certain princess for the revival of this craze, as Mrs Middleton now defines the lady like manicure. There are great arrays of shades to choose from when it comes to the nude nail, with hints of pink tones to flatter paler skin beauties, to bronze tones that help to accentuate those gorgeous golden tans. Chanel has a stunning collection that captures the milky nude trend that has enveloped this seasons hottest nails.

Whatever nail trend you opt for this season, be sure to take care of your nail beds and lather hands in a quality moisturiser like Caudalie’s refreshing hand and Nail cream. Don’t forget to always apply a base coat to prevent staining or discolouring nails, and of course, enjoy summer!

Written by Beauty Trends Contributor, Pariss Sloan

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